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His hands upon her so that she should recover and live. So Jesus went away with him, the crowd following and pressing upon Him.
There was also among the crowd a woman who had been suffering for twelve years from an issue of blood. Twelve years is the period given by Mark, though an early scribe may have confused these years with the age of Jairus' daughter. Probably the disease was either uterine fibroid or menorrhagia. In the eyes of the ritual law the woman was unclean (cf. Lev. xv, 28), but, in spite of all that she endured from physicians and of spending all her money in her search for a cure, her condition seemed in no way to improve but only to deteriorate. Matthew omits this sardonic comment on medical skill, while Luke, with becoming restraint, merely states that no one had been able to heal her. She herself, however, was convinced that if only she could touch Jesus' garment she would be healed and apparently she intended to do so without His being aware of it, in order, perhaps, to save Him from ritual defilement (cf. Lev. xv, 27). With this object she made her way through the crowd and touched Jesus' robe ; but He, conscious of her action, turned round and said, ' Who touched my garments ? ' At first sight this question would seem to have so little importance that it was scarcely worth reporting, yet the Evangelists lay considerable stress upon it. No doubt, it is strange that when the crowd were thronging around Him, jostling and pushing as is the way of all crowds and especially Eastern ones, Jesus should notice particularly the light touch of a diffident woman. We have here another instance of the diakrisis pneumaton which was spoken of above. The disciples thought the question absurd, but Jesus took no notice of them, scrutinizing the crowd to find the culprit. Feeling that she had been healed,